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Lê Vĩnh Tài | no. 16:38 – he sketches sadness with coloured chalk at 3 in the morning

Lê Vĩnh Tài, the Vietnamese poet and translator born 1966 in Buon Ma Thuot, Daklak, Vietnam. The retired doctor is still a resident of the Western Highlands, a businessman in Buon Ma Thuot.

Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, the poet and translator, born 1971 in Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. The pharmacist currently lives and works in Western Sydney, Australia.

By Lê Vĩnh Tài, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

he sketches

sadness

with coloured chalk at 3 in the morning

.

male

tears

his falling

a river

thought dried up

long

long ago…

_____

chàng vẽ

nỗi buồn

bằng phấn màu lúc 3 giờ sáng

đàn ông

nước mắt

chàng rơi

dòng sông

tưởng cạn

đã lâu

lắm rồi…

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

There's magic in translating a body of work from one language to another.

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